The Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act, 2012

CourtMinistry of Women and Child Development
Date19 June 2012
Act Number32
Record Number201232
Enactment Date19 June 2012
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THE PROTECTION OF CHILDREN FROM SEXUAL OFFENCES ACT, 2012
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ARRANGEMENT OF SECTIONS
Last update- 9-3-2021
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CHAPTER I
PRELIMINARY
SECTIONS
1. Short title, extent and commencement.
2. Definitions.
CHAPTER II
SEXUAL OFFENCES AGAINST CHILDREN
A.PENETRATIVE SEXUAL ASSAULT AND PUNISHMENT THEREFOR
3. Penetrative sexual assault.
4. Punishment for penetrative sexual assault.
B.AGGRAVATED PENETRATIVE SEXUAL ASSAULT AND PUNISHMENT THEREFOR
5. Aggravated penetrative sexual assault.
6. Punishment for aggravated penetrative sexual assault.
C.SEXUAL ASSAULT AND PUNISHMENT THEREFOR
7. Sexual assault.
8. Punishment for sexual assault.
D.AGGRAVATED SEXUAL ASSAULT AND PUNISHMENT THEREFOR
9. Aggravated sexual assault.
10. Punishment for aggravated sexual assault.
E.SEXUAL HARASSMENT AND PUNISHMENT THEREFOR
11. Sexual harassment.
12. Punishment for sexual harassment.
CHAPTER III
USING CHILD FOR PORNOGRAPHIC PURPOSES AND PUNISHMENT THEREFOR
13. Use of child for pornographic purposes.
14. Punishment for using child for pornographic purposes.
15. Punishment for storage of pornographic material involving child.
CHAPTER IV
ABETMENT OF AND ATTEMPT TO COMMIT AN OFFENCE
16. Abetment of an offence.
17. Punishment for abetment.
18. Punishment for attempt to commit an offence.
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CHAPTER V
PROCEDURE FOR REPORTING OF CASES
SECTIONS
19. Reporting of offences.
20. Obligation of media, studio and photographic facilities to report cases.
21. Punishment for failure to report or record a case.
22. Punishment for false complaint or false information.
23. Procedure for media.
CHAPTER VI
PROCEDURES FOR RECORDING STATEMENT OF THE CHILD
24. Recording of statement of a child.
25. Recording of statement of a child by Magistrate.
26. Additional provisions regarding statement to be recorded.
27. Medical examination of a child.
CHAPTER VII
SPECIAL COURTS
28. Designation of Special Courts.
29. Presumption as to certain offences.
30. Presumption of culpable mental state.
31. Application of Code of Criminal Procedure, 1973 to proceedings before a Special Court.
32. Special Public Prosecutors.
CHAPTER VIII
PROCEDURE AND POWERS OF SPECIAL COURTS AND RECORDING OF EVIDENCE
33. Procedure and powers of Special Court.
34. Procedure in case of commission of offence by child and determination of age by Special Court.
35. Period for recording of evidence of child and disposal of case.
36. Child not to see accused at the time of testifying.
37. Trials to be conducted in camera.
38. Assistance of an interpreter or expert while recording evidence of child.
CHAPTER IX
MISCELLANEOUS
39. Guidelines for child to take assistance of experts, etc.
40. Right of child to take assistance of legal practitioner.
41. Provisions of sections 3 to 13 not to apply in certain cases.
42. Alternative punishment.
42A. Act not in derogation of any other law.
43. Public awareness about Act.
44. Monitoring of implementation of Act.
45. Power to make rules.
46. Power to remove difficulties.
THE SCHEDULE.

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